So I just finished reading this novel and I wanted to post some info about if for avid readers that may be interested.
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The Burning Wire –Jeffery Deaver
Read: January 2013
Genres: Crime, Thriller, Fiction
Lincoln Rhyme is back, on the trail of a killer whose weapon of choice cripples New York City with fear.
The weapon is invisible and omnipresent. Without it, modern society grinds to a halt. It is electricity. The killer harnesses and steers huge arc flashes with voltage so high and heat so searing that steel melts and his victims are set afire.
When the first explosion occurs in broad daylight, reducing a city bus to a pile of molten, shrapnel-riddled metal, officials fear terrorism. Rhyme, a world-class forensic criminologist known for his successful apprehension of the most devious criminals, is immediately tapped for the investigation. Long a quadriplegic, he assembles NYPD detective Amelia Sachs and officer Ron Pulaski as his eyes, ears and legs on crime sites, and FBI agent Fred Dellray as his undercover man on the street. As the attacks continue across the city at a sickening pace, and terrifying demand letters begin appearing, the team works desperately against time and with maddeningly little forensic evidence to try to find the killer. Or is it killers . . . ?
Meanwhile, Rhyme is consulting on another high-profile investigation in Mexico with a most coveted quarry in his crosshairs: the hired killer known as the Watchmaker, one of the few criminals to have eluded Rhyme’s net.
Juggling two massive investigations against a cruel ticking clock takes a toll on Rhyme’s health. Soon Rhyme is fighting on yet another front—and his determination to work despite his physical limitations threatens to drive away his closest allies when he needs them most . . .
My opinion: I felt this book was interesting and entertaining. However, I did feel that in the beginning it was difficult to get into the novel. I often had to reread paragraphs sometimes chapters to understand some of the short forms that were used and which character I was reading about. I also found at some parts of the novel it seemed to jump around which confused me a couple time which led me to having to reread once again. Overall though this book was a good read when I finally got in to it. It was a very interesting topic (electricity) which I didn’t know much about. It was also interesting how the use of electricity could be turned into a deadly weapon. The author kept it very suspenseful all the way up to the last page.